With the school holidays almost here, some parents want to make sure that their children take a bit of a break from digital technology.
Families can run their own "digital detox" program at home by simply renting a laser tag set from Laser Tag in a Box.
Playing laser tag in your backyard or a local park promotes healthy and active exercise and the emphasis is on having fun.
School Holidays With A Difference: Play A Live Video Game At Home
Many kids nowadays are enticed by digital entertainment and end up interacting with games on-screen all day. From smart phones to tablets and from portable gaming devices to gaming consoles there is a lot of digital entertainment options.
By renting a laser tag set for playing at home kids can play games in real-life.
When playing laser tag kids use their eyes to spot their opponents and help them focus on long distances. And kids use their bodies to run around to tag the opposition and avoid getting tagged. Because laser tag is a team game the children need to work together and communicate to win the games. So kids also use their minds to strategise together in order to win their game.
Kids can use their imagination to create a fantastic gaming maze in their backyard. The Cubby House becomes a base camp for one team. Or just get old cardboard boxes from your local hardware store and paint them up to create your own battlefield. Or simply rent some camouflage nets and drape them over your laundry hoist.
Equipment from Laser Tag in a Box can be used day or night, indoors or outdoors.
Guidelines On Limiting Screen Time
New national guidelines on screen time for children recommend phones and tablets should be limited to one-hour shifts for kids up to five years old. And for school -aged kids the recommendation is no more than 2 hours of screen time per day.
University of Wollongong Professor Tony Okely, who led the research for these guidelines, warned fast and quick transitions and flashing lights from screens could impact a child's brain development.
Alternative family activities like outdoor laser tag are fun will ease the withdrawal from screens.
Fun Kids Activities At Home That Are Also A Digital Detox
Especially on school holidays kids have a lot of spare time. With equipment from Laser Tag in a Box the fun can last as long as you want because the batteries come fully charged and last up to 16 hours of game-play. Better still if parents rent the laser tag set for Saturday they get Sunday for free.
Playing laser tag with their friends or family helps kids get out and active during the school vacation.
It is a digital detox.